Is it a scram­bler? Is it a street­fighter? No – it’s the new MV Agusta RVS#1

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A few months ago Gio­vanni Castiglioni told MCN there would be sev­eral new mod­els from MV Agusta this year, and the first is this new Drag­ster-based RVS#1. RVS stands for Reparto Ve­icoli Spe­ciali, which roughly trans­lates to ‘de­sign and engi­neer­ing at the high­est level’ and it’s a spe­cial depart­ment within MV. This bike is dubbed #1, sug­gest­ing there could also be a se­ries of these RVS spe­cials – but what ex­actly is it?

In sim­ple terms it’s a spe­cial-edition Drag­ster 800 RR, and it shares the same 140hp, 800cc three cylin­der en­gine. To go with that power fig­ure is a meaty 64ftlb of torque but if that’s not enough for you, peak power can be pushed up to 150bhp if you pur­chase the op­tional SC ex­haust and ECU map in the rac­ing kit. It also shares the same steel trel­lis frame and swingarm, sus­pen­sion, brakes, seat unit and tank as the Drag­ster.

But the RVS has been com­pletely restyled with ma­chined alu­minium aplenty. All the con­trols are new as are the retro-styled head­light and barend mir­rors. The side spot­lights are a fun ad­di­tion that mean you’ll al­ways have in­ter­est­ing mood light­ing wher­ever you go. The spoked wheels are sim­i­lar to the Drag­ster but the wavy discs and scram­bler-es­que tyres are new. The Drag­ster RR doesn’t have a skull on the key ei­ther.

It’s not just a styling ex­er­cise though, as there are some in­ter­est­ing bits of tech hid­ing in the out­landish parts. The head­light, for in­stance, ad­justs its beam ac­cord­ing to lean an­gle and speed, while the ex­otic ma­te­ri­als mean it has a 168kg dry weight (or 160kg with the SC ex­haust).

There’s no doubt­ing its unique looks but how­ever good those Pirelli MT60 RS tyres are, this bike is go­ing nowhere near the dirt, so we’d stick some sports rub­ber on it and you’d have a great naked road tool.

Sleek, stylish and a skull on the num­ber­plate hanger. What’s not to like?

The new MV sports in­ter­est­ing side spot­lights

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